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Gypsy Roma Traveller Special Interest Group

'A Framework for Restorative Practice'

21st May 2024, 11.30am - 1.30pm

Speaker: Allison Hulmes

Although human rights underpin professional regulation and reflect the values commonly held by child protection practitioners, there is a growing concern that the child welfare services are failing to work effectively to promote social justice, social change, social cohesion, and the empowerment of marginalised identities, such as Roma and Traveller people. This Special Interest Group presentation aims to synthesise and critique extant research on child protection practices with Roma and Traveller communities and advance a theoretical framework for anti-racist practice.

Drawing the findings or a recent scoping review of current scholarship on child protection with Romani and Traveller children, Allison Hulmes will introduce the ‘Reflection, Objective, Movement and Action (ROMA) Model: A Framework for Restorative Practice’.

Throughout the event, Allison will explain how the ‘ROMA model’ could be used to inform restorative practices, designed to promote social justice through social change, social cohesion and the empowerment, with Roma and Traveller people. Allison will also explain how and why the ROMA model offers a valuable opportunity for child protection professionals to develop a more authentic understanding of the persistent racial inequities that children and families face.